Sweatshops and Fast Fashion


A small factory where workers are paid very little and work many hours in very bad conditions:

Sweatshop conditions

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Fast Fashion

Clothes that are made and sold cheaply, so that people can buy new clothes often:

Instead of having two seasons, fast fashion gives us new variations on T-shirts and jeans every week.
The underwear we sell is about luxury, not fast fashion.

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1 Fast Fashion’s Effect on People, The Planet, & You | Patrick Woodyard | TEDxUniversityofMississippi

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8 mrt. 2017

Mindful business: While working for a microfinance firm in Trujillo, Peru, Patrick was introduced to the broken Peruvian footwear industry made up of over 100,000 shoemakers who possess remarkable talent yet lack access to consistent work, fair-wages, and brand access to established international markets. Having had extensive exposure to such potential juxtaposed with a lack of access in other developing countries, Patrick developed a vision to push the fashion industry in a new direction by serving as one of the first fashion brands to deliver a superior yet ethically-produced product to consumers.
Patrick is the Co-Founder & CEO of Nisolo. Patrick graduated from the Croft Institute for International Studies and Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi. His experience using business as a force for good has led him across the globe ranging from Kenya and Uganda to Argentina and Peru.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
I bet the 13 dislikes are from the H&M head office 😂
Kiya M
So all of our teachers made us watch this…
Victor Hermes Torres Tomara
Who’s pretending watching this because they had to do it for homework? Probably no one
Judith Mitchell
Hard ask in the end there. I am a seamstress. Getting my customers to pay me a living wage is a constant struggle. I believe that the fast fashion world has devalued my skill. I believe that the dumping of secondhand cheap clothing in Africa is crippling local textile artists, tailors and seamstresses.
For anyone who cares, Nisolo shoes are incredibly high quality, fairly priced, and from a business perspective, their customer service is some of the best I’ve ever seen. Additionally, the company is entirely transparent. They release an impact report every year and it is awesome.
Sloan Chessman
Nisolo sounds like a great company, and Im sure it is, but why start up another clothing company when resale shops and thrift stores are overburdened with clothes and accessories that have already been produced? If more people would get off of the fast fashion bullet train, and get on the slow fashion train, there wouldn’t be a need to start up new clothing companies. We need to stop the madness, and we can do this by purchasing used clothing and accessories. I’m 54 years old, I grew up in a home with 5 siblings. We weren’t rich, so my mother either bought the material and made our clothing, or she bought clothing for the family from garage sales, resale shops and thrift stores…..and we were always very well dressed. I have carried that through my own life to my own 2 children, even though my husband and I jointly earn $300k a year. With the exception of undergarments, I refuse to purchase anything new….I even buy my vehicles pre-loved. I don’t want to be part of the problem, I want to be part of the solution! We only get one planet earth to live on, so we MUST educate ourselves and become very mindful about every purchase that we make because our planet along with the unfairly treated garment workers are who and what is baring the burden of the real cost of “fast fashion”, and the only ones who are really getting anything out of it are the CEOs and executives of these ruthless companies!
Juliya Avidor
Ditch the leather and I’m with you all the way
Judith Mitchell
I would like to see a follow up on this talk in about two years time.
Does anyone know where I can find the sources of these statistics? I’m giving a talk on this, but I have to source scholarly articles not just a youtube video…..
Pamela B
Patrick. Thank you. I am so excited that I now have an ethical shoe and handbag site to buy my goods.
Caitlin Johnson
Fantastic! I have a pair of Nisolo shoes, and I love them. Saving up for a second pair right now!
I am listening to this for preparing my exam…….
Fashion industry now days is running in such a bad circle system….to the environment and to our future. Im just feeling so sad…
Riccardo Pedol
This video is literally the longest ad I’ve ever seen.
Kate Kilgannon
So how much do they get paid a day?
jessie mayfield
So glad Ted gave this forum I’m “zero waste” and they never mentioned this which should be 2nd important part of being green 🌎
I haven’t buy new clothes for many years.

2 Sweatshops: A Sad Truth that still continues

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9 jun. 2020

— 35 Ethical & Sustainable Clothing Brands Betting Against Fast Fashion —

3 Fast Fashion: Sweatshops

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28 apr. 2014

April 24th marked the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. It was an incident that sparked an international debate about where we source or clothes and our so-called addiction to ‘fast fashion’.
Fast fashion means more choice for the consumer and more revenue for the retailer. But, what does it mean for everything – and everyone – in between?

4 ‘The True Cost’ – Official Trailer

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24 apr. 2015

‘The True Cost’ – Official Trailer
Rent or own the film today! Visit http://truecostmovie.com for more details.

The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Original Song ‘I Want It All’ by Natalie Taylor – Available on iTunes: http://apple.co/1DWdeBt

Director: Andrew Morgan
Producer: Michael Ross
Sound Mix & Design: Michael Flowe
Composer: Duncan Blickenstaff
Exec. Producers: Livia Firth & Lucy Siegle
Vincent Vittorio & Christopher L. Harvey
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5 How to Engage with Ethical Fashion | Clara Vuletich | TEDxSydney

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14 jun. 2016

What do you know about the clothes in your wardrobe? About the clothes that you’re wearing right now? Clara Vuletich works with some of the biggest brands in the world to help them ask the right questions about where the clothes that we wear come from.
Clara is a designer, researcher, educator and consultant who has worked in the sustainable fashion space in UK and Europe for ten years, and is now based in Sydney, Australia. She was part of the team at the University of the Arts London who designed The TEN, a pioneering sustainable design methodology used by brands including H & M; VF. Corp. and Gucci Group. Clara has recently established a consultancy business that utilises The TEN framework to equip Australian fashion companies with training and insight on sustainable product innovation and strategy.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

6 Can Fashion Lovers Survive Working In A Sweat Shop? (Social Documentary) | Real Stories

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6 mei 2021

Six young fashion lovers swap shopping for the factories and backstreet workshops of India to learn how the clothes they wear are manufactured.
Six young fashion lovers swap shopping for the factories and backstreet workshops of India to learn how the clothes they wear are manufactured. They start at the top, working for Shahi Enterprises in New Delhi, a multi-million pound factory that makes clothes for some of the biggest UK high street names. They learn to sew before joining the production lines where every worker has targets to meet. Supervisors patrol the lines and, at lunch, the sexes are made to sit apart. As unskilled workers they’re paid around one pound fifty a day, a basic living wage in India.
From Blood Sweat, And T-Shirts S1 EP1
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7 Life Inside A Sweat Shop (Social Documentary) | Real Stories

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22 jun. 2021

Six young fashion lovers including young Stacey Dooley swap shopping for the factories and backstreet workshops of India to learn how the clothes they wear are manufactured.
Six young fashion lovers swap shopping for the factories and backstreet workshops of India to learn how the clothes they wear are manufactured. They travel to West Delhi to live and work alongside the migrant tailors of a backstreet workshop, entering a world where the workers can spend up to 15 hours a day at their sewing machines, earn as little as 15p a garment and must then sleep on the factory floor next to their fellow workers and their machines. 
From Blood Sweat, And T-Shirts S1 EP2
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Does Richard not realize that putting rubbish in a bin is pointless if there isn’t a public system to collect it from the bins? Waste removal is a luxury not everyone has.
Richard’s views on poverty aggravated me so much. Poor people can’t just get up one day and decide to not be poor. He is quite clearly xenophobic and borderline racist. His smug face would get smashed in if he wasn’t with the camera crew.
Crappy Products
This is not really about a sweat shop, is about spoiled brats
J9 P
I love how jerks always justify their rude and offensive behaviour by saying things like “I’m just being honest” and “I’m a passionate person”
chris summers
Interesting to see Stacey before she became a documentary maker. I saw the update to them and saw where they have ended up. Very interesting how this experience has changed their outlooks on life.
mark tackett
Richard can’t get it through his privileged head that no one has ever given this man anything . Not even a place to sleep. Richard is clearly someone that can’t get out of his own head to even begin to understand the struggles others less fortunate may live with. These people don’t have parents that will take care of them or a nice home to go lay down at night. His inability to understand is indicative of someone that clearly doesn’t care about anything other than himself.
Nick Adams
This is an unbelievable excellent format. As someone who lives in the US, this gives me an entirely different and more holistic perception then if this video was just about Sweat Shops without the people of different views and cultures experiencing them. Great job at Real Stories you guys are actually good journalists!
Brendan Geraghty
“This is not the fashion industry”, oh but it is, my dear. People choose to ignore where their designer crap is made and it makes me sick. I’d love to see a kardashian do this program.
BoogieMonster Mom
It’s not bad to question why someone may be in the predicaments they are, but if you don’t actually care about the answer to those questions or finding them, then be honest and just admit that it gives you an excuse to be a jerk to people who you perceive as beneath you 😒. Glad to see Richard finally swallowed his pride and have that conversation with one of the workers. Just not sure if it was enough to make a permanent impact on how he views people in these circumstances. I do hope it is though
Aathan Raan
Having these type of people working in these conditions for a few days, while knowing they will be going back to their life, won’t change a thing.
Margaret Peabody
The natives of India found the visitors very disrespectful as they gave out their homes. The Brits made fun of their simple living or complained of bad smells like children.
The Sanctuary (Wymondham) Norfolk - UK
The purchasers are to blame for wanting everything at a bargain price. Just by demanding a low price causes poverty elsewhere. The poor souls who work day to day to provide for thier families deserve better. Too much money made through the supply chain and the demands of the importers. Greed is a horrible thing!
How can we change this? People could move to another country and have better lives. How can we change the Indian Government? This is horrible. This is why all of the clothes I have are from thrift stores or hand me downs. Also that Richard guy is so close minded and racist. People dont always have the option to better their lives and get an education. He lives up to his name.
Jody Aisling
Blood, sweat and teeshirts, I remember watching this when it first aired on BBC years ago! Very interesting, as was Blood, Sweat and Takeaways
lacy russell
Oh I can’t stand Richard, such a spoiled self-centered boy.
Marieke van Bergeijk
Me 6:31 minutes in…. Empathy Richard empathy! What a soulless person you are, I truly hope you understand life one day 🙌🕉
The wage gap has always been a shock to me, 200-400 rupees a day for doing a hard job, is not offering any comfort in life. How to fix this issue, may be to implement a minimum wage in India.
The harsh reality of where clothing apparel is made.

8 Textiles: Environmental Impacts (Preview)

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14 feb. 2011

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Filmed in Bangladesh and in the UK, this resource assesses the environmental impacts of the textile Industry both here and abroad. It looks at how companies in the UK are working to meet government targets to reduce their environmental impact by using state of the art water recycling plants and by making better use of their waste streams. The resource then explores the environmental impact of textile production in Bangladesh, and shows how the true cost of cheap textiles is being felt by the very poorest living downstream from polluting textile factories.

9 Are your clothes made in safer factories after the 2013 Bangladesh factory disaster?

24 apr. 2018

The 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh killed more than 1,100, a tragedy that pressured Western clothing retailers and customers to take responsibility for work conditions. Five years later, signs suggest factories have improved, but progress is not universal. John Yang talks with Paul Barrett, deputy director of the Stern Center for Business and Human Rights.

10 Made in Bangladesh | Fault Lines

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26 aug. 2013

Fault Lines traces Bangladesh’s garment supply chain and asks if US retailers know where their clothes are being made. 
Following two deadly factory disasters, Fault Lines traces Bangladesh’s garment supply chain to investigate whether U.S. retailers, like Walmart, know where their clothes are being made. 
In November 2012, a fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory in Bangladesh killed at least 112 people. Walmart’s Faded Glory brand shorts were among the clothing found in the charred remains. Walmart blamed its supplier, saying the order had been subcontracted to Tazreen without its authorization. 
Using internal documents, Fault Lines investigates whether Walmart has lost control of its supply chain in Bangladesh and uncovers what some call an “open secret”—that corporations deliberately turn a blind eye to the practice of subcontracting, with damaging results.


26 apr. 2014
A Documentary by Rainbow Collective. Tears in the Fabric sees the aftermath of 2013’s Rana Plaza factory collapse through the eyes of a bereaved grandmother and her two young grandsons.

12 Rana Plaza: Harassment, Anti-Union Tactics in Bangladesh Garment Factories

27 apr. 2015

Garment workers in Bangladesh face poor working conditions and anti-union tactics by employers including assaults on union organizers. In the two years since more than 1,100 workers died in the catastrophic collapse of the Rana Plaza factory on April 24, 2013, efforts are underway to make Bangladesh factories safer, but the government and Western retailers can and should do more to enforce international labor standards to protect workers’ rights, including their right to form unions and advocate for better conditions.

13  The True Cost: Who Pays the Real Price for YOUR Clothes | Investigative Documentary

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7 feb. 2021

The True Cost: Who Pays the Real Price for YOUR Clothes | Investigative Documentary from 2015 
This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? 
Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye-opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

14 The Full Story of the Rana Plaza Factory Disaster.


16 jun. 2013

The Rana Plaza building collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, was one of the world’s deadliest industrial disasters. A foreseeable consequence of the West’s addiction to cheap clothes. 1,140 people died. 16 year-old Anna Akhter, who had her hand amputated before she could be pulled out, and 18 year-old Reshma Begum, who survived in the rubble for 17 days, tell their stories. Reporter Yalda Hakim for BBC ‘Our World’.

15 Fast Fashion: Sweatshops

28 apr. 2014

April 24th marked the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. It was an incident that sparked an international debate about where we source or clothes and our so-called addiction to ‘fast fashion’.
Fast fashion means more choice for the consumer and more revenue for the retailer. But, what does it mean for everything – and everyone – in between?

16 Unravel: The final resting place of your cast-off clothing

30 nov. 2016

This is the final resting place of your cast-off clothing

When people in the West throw their clothes away, their cast-offs often go on a journey east, across the oceans, to India’s industrial interior. From the Kutch District of western India to the northern city of Panipat, garment recyclers turn into yarn the huge bales of clothes that come from people and places distinctly strange. With little exposure to Western culture other than the Discovery Channel, the garment recyclers rely on their imagination and the rumours that travel with the cast-offs to create an an intriguing perspective on the West. 

Director: Meghna Gupta 

Producer: Meghna Gupta, Gigi Berardi

17 Working In Asia’s Largest Slum (Poverty Documentary) | Real Stories


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17 jul. 2021

Six young fashion lovers visit India to learn how the clothes they wear are manufactured. The group are put to work in the backstreet factories of Dharivi, Asia’s largest slum. Six young fashion lovers swap shopping for the factories and backstreet workshops of India to learn how the clothes they wear are manufactured. The group embark on the most shocking leg of their journey so far in Mumbai, as they are put to work in the backstreet factories of Dharivi, the largest slum in Asia. But when they stumble across child labour they are forced to delve a little deeper and find out the extent of the problem and what is being done to prevent it.
From Blood Sweat, And T-Shirts S1 EP3, last aired Dec 2008 on BBC

18 The High Cost of Our Cheap Fashion | Maxine Bédat | TEDxPiscataquaRiver

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22 mei 2016

Do you know where your clothes come from? The apparel industry is one of the biggest violators of both the environment and human rights. In this compelling and information-packed talk, co-founder of Zady Maxine Bédat shows how you can take back the power of your wardrobe, and feel better in (and better about) your clothes. 
Maxine Bédat is the co-founder and CEO of Zady, a fashion brand and lifestyle destination creating a transparent and sustainable future for the $1.5 trillion apparel industry. 
Her background in international law and diplomacy, including serving as a legal clerk for the U.N., led her to found The Bootstrap Project, a non-profit organization that works with entrepreneurs in the developing world. 
For its work in sustainability, Zady was named one of the world’s “Most Innovative Companies” in retail by Fast Company and its creativity was recognized by Mashable, which called the company “the #1 business rocking content marketing.” Bédat serves on the Council of NationSwell, has spoken at some of the world’s leading conferences, including the WWD Apparel/Retail CEO Summit, and has been regularly featured as an expert by Bloomberg, Forbes, Business of Fashion, CNN and the Huffington Post. Bédat is a graduate of Columbia Law School.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
Fast food, fast fashion, fast beauty are killing us faster.
Cynthia Zhou
Shop secondhand! It keeps clothing out of the landfills, starts and new cycle, and thrift shops donate their profit to charity.
This woman has just spent 20 minutes educating me on a subject I didn’t know anything about. Thank you so much ma’am, that was thought-provoking and I’ll definitely apply your suggestions as much as I can.
Amy O
It terrifies me how many people shop without thinking, that there are those who don’t know what linen is. Thank goodness for the internet and the accessible education it offers. I am optimistic that more and more will become sensitive in the future.

19 The high cost of cheap clothing | Trisha Striker | TEDxTownsville


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3 nov. 2016

No one wants to support child, forced or sweatshop labour. Yet, how many of us actually know how and where our clothing is made? Let’s use our buying power and our voices to change the direction the fashion and clothing industry is taking the world, and help end exploitation. 

Trisha was born in and spent the first sixteen years of her life in India. As a little girl, Trisha was always burdened by the stark differences in living standards between the ‘rich’ and ‘poor’ and the ill treatment of the most vulnerable in society. This burden only grew as she became more aware of the world and its many problems until finally, she decided to leave India in search of answers. Armed with the desire to understand the world and the determination to develop the knowledge and skills needed to be a part of the solution, she came to Australia in 2004. Trisha is passionate about culture, education, freedom and equality. She is also passionate about finding smart, inclusive, culturally sensitive and sustainable answers to big issues such as gender inequality, poverty, education and exploitation. It was in pursuit of these goals that she began studying Economics at James Cook University, a decision that continually challenges her and broadens her mind.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Not overwhelmed, guilty for my decisions.
Jenny Zeng
It seems to buy more from ethical clothing company rather than just buying less.
K Reyes
beautiful seminar! such an important issue
Josh Boughton
Yeeeeah Trish! So good 😀
Instead of the three steps outlined by Trisha, I actually think the three steps you should take are 1) Buy less 2) Repurpose what you already own or borrow/swap clothing from friends/family and 3) If you need to purchase something specific, buy it from a used clothing store. And then, as an absolute last resort, when you really truly need something that cannot be borrowed, repurposed or thrifted, then do research into an ethical brand for the clothing item you need. There is already an incredible amount of clothing already existing in the world, that will go to landfill and kill our planet. Before we even start to create new clothing brands to buy from, we should repurpose and use what already exists, so it doesn’t go to landfill.

20 Walk in My Shoes: Nike’s Sweatshops (A Culture Jamming Documentary) | Bonettwork

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29 apr. 2020

In this mini-documentary I wrote and edited, I explore the dark side of the Nike corporation through its sweatshops and unfair labor.
I love how everyone is about Cancel Culture these days except when it affects their everyday life. Fast Fashion should be one everyone’s shitlist
spirit Love
In 8 years now longer but between videos nothing has been done differently? That’s the most crazy thing ever, n I just bought Nikes but it will be the last ever n that’s a fact!
Its modern day Slavery
Ducklatch Productions
Very nice work! Really makes ya think!!

// AMG //
This is highly necessary.
If you wear Nike, that doesn’t make you a bad person, but knowing the cost on the other side of what we may take for granted can be a valuable and informative lesson. I myself believe it is crucial to let your understanding speak for itself (sometimes this means not speaking at all) and to let nature take its course. However, those who desire to speak up and take action, such as Michael Moore, featured in this documentary, should be greatly admired. When facing any type of adversity, it helps to be vocal on behalf of those directly effected by the issue, who may not be able to speak up themselves. Again, thanks for the support on this film and I hope maybe you learned a little something! – Joe Bonett from Bonettwork
The soccer player who went and lived in those working conditions for a month is a real champion against oppression. It stands in stark contrast to the performative activism of these very same corporations that post BLM on their social media pages and give that organization money instead of raising their worker’s wages. They claim to be progressive yet continue these horrendous practices.

21 NIKE SWEATSHOPS: Are Nike’s workers paid a living wage?


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20 okt. 2011

It is a living wage because they are still alive, that’s corporate thinking
Sam Chu
Nike could pay millions of dollars to professional athletes. But, can’t pay their workers a higher wage. Shame on Nike. I’m boycotting Nike.
We are not asking for them to be paid American wages. We want living wages, appropriate for their country. If they were paid this amount and Nike passed that cost on consumers, it would only increase the price of shoes by $5 per pair. That is IF Nike passed it along. They could easily absorb the cost and still make a very significant profit per pair. It is helpful if you do your homework before making posts that are not grounded in the facts. Peace, Jim Keady
I spend so much money on Nike products. I’ve been a loyal customer for more than 15 years. It ends today. I can’t in good conscience support them any longer.
agung maulana
As an Indonesian I can really relate to the workers in this documentary. Back in 2012 when I was just graduated from high school I got a retail job and paid equal to 100 USD a month. I live in Jakarta by the way which is the Capital City of Indonesia yet the minimum wage based on what the government made was very low. However today, in 2020 the minimun wage is raised equal to 300 USD a month so at least we can get a better living with that wage. Though I don’t want to blame the government, I have to admit that our government is still corrupt, they actually have the power and authority to raise the workers’ walfare by making a good deal and policy with every company or investor that will employ the workers, however the government always keeps our minimum wage that low considering as a developing country we need more and more companies or investors to provide us a job otherwise companies won’t employ us and move to other countries with lower minimum wage, such a poor mind set while at the same time the government is still corrupt and they can live their best lives. It’s so dilematic, where the companies need lower wage workers and the workers need a job while the government just done nothing. So I really appreciate this documentary, and I wish both for Nike or other company/ investor and our government can collaborate in making a good policy to raise the workers’ wage. And today I really thank God, I finally just done my college degree and finally get a way better job with a better income but I would never forget my first job in 2012 where I was just paid 100 USD a month
Meer tonen
@kaybradj The phone was most likely made at the Foxcon plant in China where there are equally horrific labor rights abuses. I have spoken out on this case as well. It is important to note that the goal of our work is not to destroy companies like Nike, Apple, etc. But rather, we want to transform them and get workers paid the living wages they deserve. Peace, Jim Keady

22 Fashion Victims? A look at working conditions for Cambodia’s garment workers

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27 nov. 2013

What are conditions really like for garment workers? Dateline looks at the industry employing 400,000 in Cambodia.
Dateline reporters scour the globe to bring you a world of daring stories. Our reputation is for fearless and provocative reporting. Australia’s beloved, award winning and longest running international current affairs program.
For more on David Brill’s story, go to the SBS Dateline website… http://bit.ly/1c3JOny

23 Undercover in a Bangladesh clothing factory

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23 mei 2013

Many of the clothes sold in American stores come from factories in Bangladesh, which has a history of workplace disasters. Following the factory collapse last month that killed over 1,000 people, Holly Williams went undercover to see what the conditions are really like.
Punk Alien
Six years later and sadly this still happens.
Why show even parts of their face when they asked to hide their faces? 🙄
I really will never understand how people can make millions of dollars and be fine with the amount of people who are living like this
“How does this keep happening?” The companies themselves are the ones who investigate these practices. There is no accountability for them.
Mhinnalyn Sengsone
heartbreaking and sad most people in the comment sections are uneducated or lack compassion for these people suffering
safwan Sakib
I live in Bangladesh and this is very common in my country.

24 The clothes on your back: Factory kids


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16 okt. 2013

In the clothing factories of Bangladesh, the workforce is uncommonly – perhaps unethically – young. Rick Westhead reports.
Aquariel Charm
The corporation should be forced to cut the children’s work hours down to 4 hours a day, given free education for another 6 hours, food, clothing, health benefits and every weekend off.

Angrybirds neyugn
so this is how they make prices so low oversea, very ssd
Ray H
The garments being made in this video do not look like garments sold in the US. Not to downplay the condition.
I want to know what brands these kids are making these clothes for. It’s not enough to show us a video like this without giving us some more information so we can actually do something.
Mel James
If the consumer stops buying these products, to the extent that the factories do not need the children, what happens to those children?  How do they live?  What will they eat?  How do we make their lives better by taking away their way to survive?  I ask these questions because I really want to know, how can we make their lives better, and not put them at greater risk?
Marlene McGovern
Yet more crime against children. When will it end.

25 Undercover: The Refugees Who Make Our Clothes (Panorama) – BBC News

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24 okt. 2016

An undercover BBC investigation has discovered Syrian refugee children making clothes for British shoppers. Panorama investigated factories in Turkey, and found children had been working on clothes for Marks and Spencer and the online retailer ASOS. The brands say they do not tolerate exploitation or child labour. Darragh MacIntyre has this report.
Denise Gore
So M&S are appalled at the situation? Not so appalled that they move their manufacturing back to the UK and employ their own citizens though.
Ivan Travels
Breaks my heart 😔
Erdem Çalışkan
Reading the comments below really saddens me. The lady in the video from M&S is correct. I myself work at a well known fashion brand (not one of the five mentioned in the documentary) and monitor directly these conditions under which the terms of social compliance, sustainability and health and safety of suppliers are being examined, basing our work mainly on the standards of ILO. Let me be clear on one thing first. There are indeed laws that say child workers are not allowed in Turkey and no fashion brand allows this, as long as they can catch it. As for the refugee problem, the government did make changes one of which is this; ONLY up to %10 of the total turkish workers population can the factory hire a foreign worker. Meaning if you have 100 turkish people working there, you can only let 10 of them work. However there is another condition as well, refugees cannot work if they do not have work permit and they can only start working only 6 months after their registration is made. Now, since I’m not the only person working in OSHA and trying to control, manage and monitor these happenings in our SUPPLIERS which is rare in Tier 1 but quite common in Tier 2 suppliers, I want to mention that as an employee of my own brand, we are doing best we can to manage and bring awareness to more and more suppliers. It are the suppliers who needs to be trained in these laws. Gradually, Turkey is doing best it can to measure and correct this problem while brands make certain cuts such as not allowing their orders to be produced in Tier 2 subcontractors so that they can map out and keep a track of them. Me and other collegues of mine working in similar positions from other well known textiles brands come together once in every few months or so and discuss how we can take an altogether action together to better address and resolve such conflicts. So, just wanted to let people know that work is going on behind the scenes, it will take a lot to complete this process and gradually more and more suppliers are understanding the necessity of such treatment and are being taught it’s not possible to continue business by making people work under these conditions. However, I’m not going to defend my government taking so much people in without a plan. Yes, that was a fail unfortunately. I just wanted to provide a perspective as someone who is in the business and is actually dealing with this problem first hand. Thank you for reading up to this point and have a nice day.
this is sad it makes me want to cry
Phil Dobson
UK has under 18’s working in supermarkets – Is that underage Children working in supermarkets? What do Panorama people think when the person working on the till is asking supervisors to verify alcohol sales to adults? Nobody likes the outdated working practices of countries in that region & nearby Romania also only pay £1 per hour – which is why so many come to UK hoping for work in places such as Sports Direct or Agriculture
These people are refugees, I have been myself once and feel them by watching. They have lost everything and are desperate and therefore some form of work is better for them than unemployment, simply because it will improve their status, so if they are fired, what service has the BBC done for them? It is easy to blame their working conditions by comparing it to yours from your comfort zone.
George Finch
Well.. they are working illegally surely Turkey need to change their laws with Syrian refugees than M&S change their supplier
This is disgraceful.
michael hughes
Went to M and S recently shoes made in India Cambodia and Bangladesh retailing at £58 could not for the life of me understand how they make any profit on them . I do not go there anymore after they deserted british workers for the super profit ma
Hillwood Lam
as sad as it is, what’ll happen to those folks now? they wanted to work, despite the pay. will they be taken care of?

26 The true cost of fast fashion | The Economist

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29 nov. 2018

Millions of tonnes of clothes end up in landfill every year—it’s one of the fastest-growing categories of waste in the world. How can the fashion industry continue to grow while addressing the environmental need for people to buy fewer clothes? Film supported by
Jarid Gaming
And yet here i am 25 and I still have shirts from high school…
Minimalism. Yep. We all should practice that.
Our Changing Climate
Woah, I literally just did a video on this. Must be because the environmental costs of fast fashion are huge.
Natalie R
Shop secondhand 💛🌍 There are lots of great clothing in thrift stores. Don’t be afraid to shop there!

27 BBC: The Price of Fast Fashion

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2 aug. 2019

We are consuming fashion at a rate never before seen on our planet. 100 billion garments are manufactured every year and the fashion industry continually tempts us to buy more with new ranges in the shops.
But this so-called fast fashion is taking a toll on the environment. Clothes production can cause pollution and uses lots of precious natural resources, as well as creating mountains of waste that go to landfill.
So what, if anything, is the fashion industry doing about this?
Fashion lover Assefeh Barrat follows every stage of the production process – from cotton growers in the USA, to factory owners in Turkey and designers in the West to see who is leading the way in reducing fashion’s environmental impact. And she asks consumers if they are really willing to change their fast fashion habits.

28 H&M in Bangladesh

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1 jul. 2015

Bangladesh is one of H&M’s most important production markets. Find out what H&M is doing to support the country’s development, and improve the lives of people living there. Still want to know more about H&Ms’ efforts for a more sustainable fashion future?

29 Tour in Our Garment Factory in Bangladesh

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27 nov. 2018

Our certified factory in Bangladesh is an environmentally friendly location that we work to improve every year. As a certified Leed factory, we owe it to our customers, clients, and the environment to reduce energy and water usage.
– LEED Gold Certified Factory in Comilla
– One of the global centers of apparel production.
– Warehousing and service to manufacturers
Maneesh. K.B.
One international standards is missing (human harassment and labour security department)
Mothiur Rahman
Top of the class high standards of facilities that even some Western companies do not have commercially and for their staff.
Abu Tahir
I am very proud. This garment my home cit Cumilla, Bangladesh ..very nice thank you so much..
Rakib Hasan
Really I am so fascinated to enjoy this wonderful activities in This Tremendous Garment factory by the efficient and active staffs💜💜
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GKAI- Artificial intelligence application for clothing and soft good production.
Jibesh Bose
41 Years back(In 1979) we, 130 persons went to DAE WOO Corp. in S. Korea for 7 months training on garments technology. After completion the training, we promised that after return to our country we will try our best to develop our country like S.Korea. Now we feel proud to see the achievement of our Apparel sector, in the same time improvement of Bangladesh economy.

30 Made In Bangladesh – BBC Click

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3 feb. 2020

Click is in Bangladesh to see how automation will impact over four million workers in the garment industry. Plus new ways data will help teams at the Superbowl.

31 How to change the world by fashion consumption | Jochen

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7 jul. 2016

Consumers are not aware enough about the negative impact of sustainability within the fashion sector. It will become clear that the fashion industry needs a systematic change. Consumers are the key driver for this development. The presentation gives overall solutions and guidelines how each person can contribute to this change.

Strähle is a full-professor for International Fashion Management at Reutlingen University in Germany. Professor Jochen Strähle is an international fashion management specialist trained at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (G), Universidade de Coimbra (PT), and the University of London/Paris (UK/F). He holds a Master and a Ph.D. in Business Administration/ Intercultural Management. 

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Isi Ibelieveinmiracles
Best talk on fashion here.
And he‘s freaking hot!!
Political Fashionista
No dude. Fashion is about beauty. With clothing and makeup you can create a different persona, much more attractive than the raw you is. Fashion is art, just like painting. Without art and joy in our lives, we live for nothing. The solution is to press the chinese manufacturers to produce more quality goods at higher prices, so as to be able to sustain their own economy. people usually don’t throw something away because they got bored of it, but rather because it is damaged. chinese merchandise is of extremely poor quality, so it breaks after 1-2-maximum 3 times use. once upon a time people didn’t throw away their clothes in the landfields, because they were high quality. i am old enough to remember that a sweater didn’t lose its shape even after being washed over and over again and that i was wearing high quality wool winter coats and natural fur that i didn’t throw away after several times of use. You can’t buy less poor quality items. Get it? The solution is to send italians to china to supervise the clothing making process, as italy alone can’t produce clothes for the entire planet. And very important: people should not have the cheap alternative either. If cheap in terms of low quality and of price as well, disappears from the market, the problem is solved.
Spicy Keith
Some companies DO throw away clothes though. It‘s not the consumer who does but them. For them it‘s cheaper to just throw it away than sell the same thing again. Especially bigger companies

32 How fast fashion adds to the world’s clothing waste problem (Marketplace)

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20 jan. 2018

Fast fashion is a major contributor to the world’s clothing waste problem. Many of us give our old clothes to charity or drop them in a store take-back bin, but you might be surprised to learn most of it is sold and can end up in the landfill.
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Pachamarida Mofasat
People really be out there buying clothing like washing machines don’t exist
Dodong Goldblum
I don’t think donors care where their clothes will go. They just want to get rid of them minus the guilt. Even if the retailers secretly threw them to the landfill, hey it’s their responsibility now.
sev marczyński
Sooo this is why my mum keeps telling me like ‘you have to know the brand, make sure they last long enough so that you won’t buy the same thing every 3 to 5 years. It doesn’t matter if it’s expensive. You’re buying quality, not quantity’ so here i am, still wearing my pajamas from 6 years ago but unfortunately my shoes couldn’t last that long coz my feet are growing quite fast😄
I’m 24 and I still wear the same clothes from when I was 16.
Jenny M
This is why I only buy items made from cotton, wool, linen, silk or tencel. Not only do they breathe while you’re wearing them. But they also biodegrade. I hate nylon or polyester…I called it plastic clothing. I can’t stand putting it against my skin and it’s so bad for the environment.

33 Full circle: The second life of old clothes abroad


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10 nov. 2017

Our reporters investigated what happens to old clothes thrown out by Westerners. For several months, our team followed the trail of recycled clothes – from initial collection points to resale on second-hand markets – on a journey through France, Italy, Tunisia and Senegal. They discovered a lucrative business worth several billion euros.
Vectored Thrust
That Fashion Designer who turns second hand clothes into fashionable new clothes is incredible! Not gonna lie, I’d happily wear some of those creations of his
That stylist in Tunis is brilliant. We need more people like him in this wasteful society
Eric Troxell
im 52, i still have a few clothes i wore in HIGH SCHOOL. i rarely buy clothes, they gotta be falling apart til i throw them out.
Nelson Olivera
I was born in the slum/favela in Rio, Brazil. I was happy to buy cheaper 2nd hand clothes. Today, i live in California and i buy, happily, 2nd hand clothes. I live in a community so I collect food waste for our worms, wood chips for our soil and sleep in my car twice a week in San Francisco where i work. Why not? I definitely live a very abundant life because there is so much waste!

34 Fast Fashion Industry Documentary

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25 mei 2015

Learn about how fast fashion is harming our planet.
You girls did a great job! Thank you for helping spread this valuable message!
Chi Butters
y’all did a killer job in this documentary. I might just have to show it in my sustainable workshop ^^
RoEco Fashion
great video guys! very informative!
Jasmine Lopez
Good job ! Girls love this
Diana Campanella
I shop a second hand shop an Good Will. I do experience the brain pleasure centers, for sure. I think shopping can be like an escape from thinking about those things that are stressing you out. Thanks for this great video!!

35 The garment industry in Bangladesh: Made in Bangladesh | Primark

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15 jan. 2014

Over the past 20 years, the garment industry in Bangladesh has grown to a US$19bn industry. This film explores the challenges the industry faces as it continues to develop, from the perspective of the manufacturers and workers involved.
Niko TF
As long as Primark just wants to sell clothing at the cheapest prices possible, every part of the supply chain will remain under pressure. Contractors will squeeze however they can to get the contracts in. Please care more about people and planet than just margins and profits.
Autumn Leaves
Primark need to start using recycled materials only in their stores instead of putting even more pressure upon the environment.
Pau Gallardo
The standard of living in Blangadesh are the same that UK?? of course not!!! the companies like Primark have to do something for have the same way of living paying more and give the people the same oportunities that british have.
Adrian Shala
Ur here for a geography lesson
Minimum wage joke.. slave labor no doubt.. but if we all stop buying people will start dying. Catch 22 situation.
Mdsharif Islam
Bangladesh garments Salary vary bad…

36 Sweatshops and Fast Fashion

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19 jan. 2018

Clothes thrown away account for a huge amount of waste in garbage dumps, according to CBC Marketplace’s latest investigation. Canadians on average purchase 70 new articles of clothing a year and that contributes to the 12 million tons a year of textile waste dumped into North America’s landfills. Some retailers have launched sustainability campaigns and set up in-store bins for recycling old items, but it’s no solution to the endless onslaught of throw-away clothes.
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37 Where Your Old Clothes Go | Trash Trail | CNA Insider

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16 dec. 2020

Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. But a small town in Italy called Prato has built its fortune on transforming old scraps into new clothes, particularly knitwear and wool.
Could Prato represent a model for sustainable fashion?
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Filmed by: Paolo Patruno
I wish this sort of thing should be included in the Fashion schools course curriculum. It would make such a huge impact on budding designers of the future to be more conscious and sustainable.
P. Hearting
Clothing should be recycled this way on a global scale. I hope this is a start to a new wave.
Nitipriya Singh
Recycling is always the last resort… Stop over consuming and start treating your clothes well enough so that they look new till few centuries.
Nishee Kumari
This method should be taught globally, so that it will help to save our environment.
Deb Fryer
As a child in the 50s and 60s in England, I remember the rag and bone man who came round leading a horse drawn cart shouting “rags and bones”. We ran out with old clothes and old household items and he gave us balloons in return. The clothing was shredded and made into duffle coats which most people in the north of England wore in winter. They were very warm hooded coats lined with flannel and closed with wooden toggles.
Donna Shree Ingti
This method should spread worldwide. Really amazing.
Zero Bullet's
Since clothes are recyclable did you know that Bristol board a type of art paper is made of cotton? This means that we could turn our junk clothes into paper
paul clark
The fashion industry must be made to pay for it it’s that simple.

38 The clothes we wear | DW Documentary

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3 mrt. 2020

We live in an age of hyper-consumption, and nowhere is this more obvious than the fashion industry. ‘Fast fashion’ is the buzzword these days. Driven by glossy advertising campaigns, many consumers are constantly buying new clothes. 
New collections are arriving on the market at an ever increasing rate – many of them at rock-bottom prices. And if you believe the information campaigns run by some of the textile giants, consumers can now buy with a clear conscience. It’s become trendy for clothing labels to tout their green credentials, advertising eco-friendly labels allegedly made according to strict environmental standards. 
But is it all genuine? Two reporters go undercover to find out what’s really happening in the textile factories where many clothes destined for the European market are made. They discover the extent of the environmental devastation caused by the industry and how companies are making a profit from the fact that sustainability sells.
DW Documentary gives you knowledge beyond the headlines. Watch high-class documentaries from German broadcasters and international production companies. Meet intriguing people, travel to distant lands, get a look behind the complexities of daily life and build a deeper understanding of current affairs and global events. Subscribe and explore the world around you with DW Documentary.
Its not only primark, its almost all clothing brands, just dont buy more than you need if you dont want to pollute the planet. People need to be educated in minimalism.
I stopped buying clothes. I have enough to last me for the next 10+ years at least and I’ve already been wearing some for another 10.
kartik adhia
“I don’t care, I love it” playing in primark kinda sums it all.
German documentary filmmakers are never f-ing around…and that’s exactly how it’s should be done! Bravo, and thank you for your ongoing, very important work!
Susan Apollo
Fashion madness is extremely environmentally dangerous
jones baah
Growing up in Africa my parents used to advice my siblings and I that less is more. I love fashion but I think we’ve to care more about the environment and the safety of those workers who made our garments. Thanks DW for bringing out such a magnificent documentary 👍
Paul Neilson
With my new hazmat suit I dont need clothes anymore, I go commando.

39 Is Fashion Destroying the Planet? – Ethical Fashion Documentary

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6 jan. 2019

Pure Couture – At a time when sustaining our planet is at a crucial point, this documentary aims to show how we can keep our wardrobes sustainable and eco friendly. From understanding how every washing machine cycle can damage our oceans to recycling your old and textiles and reusing and repurposing your old clothes… This is a real eye opener and well worth watching for those interesting in helping reduce the amount of waste we suppy. Featuring Lily Cole, Pharell Williams and Youtuber Hannah Witton and Presented by Paris Lees
Denise Gore
“Could you wear it at least 30 times”? Hooley dooley!!!! I’ve got pieces I bought in the 80s and 90s I still wear.
Michelle Quintia VLOGS
This is why I NEVER watch “clothing haul videos” of YouTubers.
Shirley Ontiveros
As a newer seamstress, I can’t bear buying anything to support slave labor, or chemical pollution. I’ve learned so much in the last few years about this.
Offensive Username
Liked for going up the conveyor belt at 4:17.
Laura Guerro
If you buy fabric, where does that cotton or rayon come from?
Ocean Rock
Vintage clothing is much higher quality.
Ebbi Emmanuel
It would interest you to know that a large number of these used clothes are shipped to West Africa where they are sold at ridiculous prices. This is unethical, as the majority of these clothes are ruined and can only be won once or twice.
M. Hall
I remember back in the day when I was a teenager taking in one of my home economics class,namely sewing, the difference between style and fashion is style (allegedly good or bad) is what you pocess while fashion is sold to you. I was in high school in the mid eighties. I would go you one better and say no two people pocess the exact same style at any given time.
I can’t believe it. How people can buy something totally wearable and simply throw it away weeks later. I buy and have clothes for years to come!
thank you! great video.
John Cox
Brilliant! I will share this out with my young Fashion Students! Thank you

40 Fast fashion: The dumping ground for unwanted clothes – BBC News

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10 okt. 2021

Fashion brands are overproducing to meet the demands of modern trends and countries in West Africa are drowning under the weight of waste shipped to their shores every week.
BBC Africa’s Thomas Naadi investigates why donations and recycled clothing are actually ending up in landfill.

41 The fast fashion graveyard in Chile’s Atacama Desert – BBC News

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7 feb. 2022

The second-hand clothing trade is a well-established business in Chile.
Traders import unwanted garments – mainly from Europe and the US – to resell locally and to other Latin American nations.
But more than half of the 60,000 tonnes of clothes imported each year ends up in illegal desert landfills, with dire consequences for the environment and the local community.

42 Fast fashion – The shady world of cheap clothing | DW Documentary

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11 feb. 2022


Fast fashion has radically transformed the textile industry. These days, 56 million tons of clothing are sold every year. But cheap garments come at a high price: A precarious existence for workers and a catastrophic environmental impact.

The clothing industry is currently deluging the planet with garments. With 100 billion items produced every year, that’s more than ever before. International companies are locked in an ongoing race to create new styles and win higher profits. And this gigantic expansion is set to continue: The sector is forecast to grow by 60 per cent by 2030.

On the one hand, fast fashion means affordable clothes for all. Zara is known as the original fast fashion brand. The Spanish clothing giant creates 65,000 new styles every year.

Shopping for clothes has become a veritable leisure activity stoked by social media: half of all Instagram posts are related to fashion and beauty. This is how market leaders in fast fashion influence their customers’ buying behavior, backed by relevant neuromarketing specialists.

Fast fashion profits from e-commerce. No more trying on clothes in the store, the customer orders online and has the garment delivered – and if they don’t like it, they just send it back. Throwaway clothes and throwaway work: carried out by an army of couriers within the precarious gig economy.

The textile industry is the sector with the world’s second-highest environmental price tag. Fast fashion manufacturers’ favorite material – viscose made from wood fibers – is marketed as a climate-friendly alternative. But producing this fabric uses a whole range of chemicals. This leads to serious health issues, not only for those working in the factories, but also for people living close by, for example in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

Every year in Europe, four million tons of clothing ends up in the trash. Less than one per cent of this is recycled. The fashion industry likes to parade its sustainability credentials, but the reality is quite the opposite.

Fast fashion – The shady world of cheap clothing | DW Documentary – Blog


43 How 7.5 Million Pounds Of Donated Clothes End Up At A Market In Ghana Every Week | World Wide Waste

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9 feb. 2022

Used clothing donations travel around the world to one of the largest secondhand clothing markets in Accra, Ghana. But with the rise of cheap so-called ‘fast fashion’, millions of used clothes are polluting nearby beaches and communities.

44 Toxic Labels: What is Behind Cheap Clothes | Textile Industry | Fashion | ENDEVR Documentary

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30 jan. 2022

Toxic Labels: What is Behind Cheap Clothes | Textile Industry | Fashion | Investigative documentary from 2012 
The documentary Toxic Labels investigate what is behind the cheap clothes sold by multinational companies. From the exploitation of children and workers to forcing laborers to work in dangerous conditions and violating local and international laws, it seems many manufacturers are still reliant on sweatshop models of production. In this exclusive investigation, we access the sweatshops of Bangladesh, where girls like 12-year-old Khadija work 60 hour weeks. We film inside the factories and speak to the workers.
ENDEVR explains the world we live in through high-class documentaries, special investigations, explainers videos and animations. We cover topics related to business, economics, geopolitics, social issues and everything in between that we think are interesting.

45 Undercover: The Refugees Who Make Our Clothes (Panorama) – BBC News

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24 okt. 2016

An undercover BBC investigation has discovered Syrian refugee children making clothes for British shoppers. Panorama investigated factories in Turkey, and found children had been working on clothes for Marks and Spencer and the online retailer ASOS. The brands say they do not tolerate exploitation or child labour. Darragh MacIntyre has this report.

46 Hidden Workforce – Child labour in garment Industry Save the Children Delhi

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19 jun. 2015

A film on programme intervention of child labour to address the issue of child labour on home based work done by children in the garment industry related processes in Delhi, India.

47 The clothes on your back: Factory kids

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16 okt. 2013

In the clothing factories of Bangladesh, the workforce is uncommonly – perhaps unethically – young. Rick Westhead reports.

48 Fast Fashion and Child Labour. Attention!!! Your clothes might have been made by a child!

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18 okt. 2020

Video 22 Fast Fashion and Child Labour

Around 260 million children are in employment around the world, says the International Labour Organisation.

Of them, 170 million are engaged in child labour.

What do you think, how many out of these 260 million children working, are engaged in the fast fashion industry?

Stay tuned as this video will be dedicated to the issue of child labour in the fast fashion industry.

Video editing : inShot

Athira Sivakalai
Thank you dear! I have been researching about the topic and your video has been really informative!!🙏🌠🌀🥺

49 The truth behind fast fashion – Are fashion retailers honest with their customers? | DW Documentary

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19 okt. 2021

Fast fashion is cheap, worn briefly, then discarded, leaving behind mountains of used clothing. Producers and retailers promise sustainability and recycling, but how sincere is their promise to make new clothing from old?
Over 120 billion garments per year are produced worldwide, and the mountains of textile waste are growing accordingly. The fast fashion industry is responsible for a significant part of this. Where they once brought out four collections a year, cheap clothing chains now create up to 52 micro-collections annually. Environmental organizations have long criticized this waste of resources and the mountains of textile waste it produces. Greenpeace is demanding an end to our ‘addiction to fast fashion’. Fast fashion retailers promise their customers they will treat the used clothing sustainably, touting their recycling system. But the giant mounds of worn clothing are too much for second-hand traders to handle. The disposal system is about to collapse. The clothes end up being used as fuel to heat people’s homes. Which political measures are being taken to tackle the problematic flood of textile waste?

50 Sweatshops: Deadly Fashion | When Rich Fashion Bloggers Went to Cambodia | Fast Fashion Documentary

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The True Cost | Secrets Behind Fashion Industry | Exploitation | Documentary

15 jul. 2021

Three young Norwegian fashion bloggers spend a month living the life of Cambodian sweatshop workers in Phnom Penh.
Frida, Anniken and Ludwig live, breathe and dream fashion. They spend hundreds of euros every month on clothes and make a living promoting the latest catwalk trends. Except for speculation that factory workers must be ‘used to’ their hard lives, they have never given much thought to the people who make their clothes.
Now, they’re trading their comfortable lives for those of Cambodian garment workers. As well as working in the factories, they have to survive on $3 a day. But this is no exploitative doc aiming for shock value. It poignantly shows the consequences of cheap fashion.

20 sep. 2021

Documentary on the Exploitation of the Fashion Industry: The True Cost – The True Cost is a documentary film exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet.

The True Cost (2015)
Director: Andrew Morgan
Writer: Andrew Morgan
Stars: Livia Giuggioli, Stella McCartney, Vandana Shiva
Genres: Documentary, Drama, News
Country: Bangladesh, USA, Cambodia, China, Denmark, France, Haiti, India, Italy, Uganda, UK
Language: English
Release Date: 21 January 2016 (Germany)
Also Known As: The True Cost – Der Preis der Mode
Filming Locations: Cambodia

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

“This documentary clear shows the exploitative methods used by Big companies and owners and how the slavery has been outsourced to 3rd world countries. This documentary also invokes the responsibility of an average citizen towards our environment. Being a citizen of a 3rd world country like India, i completely understand the situation of the workers in india and the neighboring countries and how our people are being exploited in every industry.

One thing we need to understand is our role in the society. Everyone’s role is being reduced to a role of “consumer”. Think about it.

Don’t worry about the Metascore and Critics reviews. They don’t understand how important this film is.” Written by yssp on IMDb.com.

“It’s really an eye opener to the secrets behind the clothing industry. In fact the western corporates and consumers have blood on their hands by choosing to stay ignorant about the clothing and food industry. It’s sickening how these “happy commercials of lush beauty and nice clothes” are use to fool the world and making it worse and worse for out planet and third world people….SEE THIS AND THINK AGAIN!

Never ever will you buy your clothes without thinking about where it’s coming from and what role it played in the environment and the workers behind these clothes. I hope people will start opening their eyes with this documentary” Written by justsayinme on IMDb.com.

“I have seen many documentaries, but when it comes to human exploitation this is by far the most question arising docu i have ever seen.

what is development? social justice? basic humanity?

when companies in order to reduce their cost prices and increase profits employ destitute people who doesn’t have any alternate career other than being a laborer for a meager salary in sweatshops, and supporting their act by claiming that they are providing livelihood to these wretched lives as if they were not living before these companies came. what do you call it if not social exploitation?

The words spoken by the environmental activist are cent percent true. Fertilizers and seed business in an epidemic in INDIA that is not there before the 1950s. They affected the generations of Punjab region both medically and economically.

Many might think this docu to be an anti-capitalistic propaganda. But developing capitalistic economies at the cost of what? companies might not feel empathy with argument, but a consumer should feel it before falling in the craze of “Brands”. They have to remember those hands that suffered for producing the clothing that you’re buying at “discounted” prices and festive sales.

The least as an audience should you do is give this a higher rating so that the problem is addressed and more people become aware of what “REAL SLAVERY” would look like in the modern world.” Written by mnagaditya on IMDb.com.

“Great documentary about the real price we pay (people and the planet) for fashion and overbuying clothing. At times it seemed that it was repeating and dragging, but overall worth the time. I can no longer justify my clothing donations to charity.” Written by sanmccarron on IMDb.com.


51 An Invitation to a H&M Sweatshop: Hunt for a Living Wage | Bloggers Fight Fast Fashion in Cambodia

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27 aug. 2021

In 2014, three young fashion bloggers came to Phnom Penh for the first time to spend a month living the life of Cambodian garment workers. At the time, they did not know much about how their clothes were being made and were horrified at the conditions in the factories. The show provoked headlines and articles all over the world and companies like H&M were forced to respond.
The girls received a personal invitation to visit any of H&M’s factories. So they decided to take them at their word. In this sequel, they return to Cambodia’s sweatshops for a second time. Has anything changed?
This time around, Anniken and Frida Ottesen from the first season are joined by two other bloggers, Sarah and Lisa. As well as trying to enter the factories, they meet up with some of the workers and activists from the first series to see how their lives have changed.
Morgan Beck
It just occurs to me that every time we’ve seen outsiders interacting with factories in the past, someone had to say yes to it. Which means they were prepared to bring in outsiders. It could be even worse than any of us have seen even on these shows.

52 Corner Store Thief Prank – Throwback Thursday

20 feb. 2014

A young man robs a store and gets caught by the cops. When they review the security footage, however, what they find out is rather surprising!
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